Number of Participants: 100
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $3,380
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: January 29, 2019
Dance Connection of Islip as well as other local performers and dance companies performed at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville on Sunday, January 20th to raise money which granted the wish of a child named Matthew from Huntington Station, NY through Make-A-Wish of Suffolk County. Matthew was referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in 2015 when he was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocystosis, a rare cancer that causes LCH cells to build up in certain parts of the body, where they can damage tissue or form lesions. To help keep his mind off of the treatments and procedures he goes through, Matthew enjoys learning about cars. His favorite movie is Disney Pixar’s Cars which is why when he was medically eligible for a wish come true, he immediately knew what his one true wish would be. Matthew wished to visit the magical Walt Disney World Resorts and be one of the first guests to explore Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy! With the help of Making Wishes Grow, Matthew and his family plans to boarded their plane on January 26th! The performance featured Create Dance Center, the Dance Connection Performance Team, JAM Dance & Fitness, Trinity Dance Company, Milan Bailey, Sara Benjamin, Emily Chamberlain, Joel Feliciano, Emily Hart-Lopez and many more! All net proceeds were donated to Make-A-Wish of Suffolk County. This was Dance Connection’s third performance to benefit Make-A-Wish of Suffolk County.
“We have been honored as a dance studio and as a team to be able to partner with such a worthwhile organization and to use our talents and our passions as performers to better the lives of members of our own community. This was a fantastic experience for everyone involved .” Mary Naftal, Artistic Director, Dance Connection
Founded in September 1989, Dance Connection is an Islip based company whose mission is to create a welcoming and fun setting for proper performing arts education. With over 85 classes per week, students of all ages and abilities have a professional and exciting experience every day. For more information on Dance Connection, please call 631 224-7134 or visitwww.lidanceconnection.com.